October 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Police: Two men shot at California synagogue

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt shot two men at a North Hollywood synagogue Thursday morning, wounding them in their legs, police said.

The two men, who have not been identified, are in stable condition at separate hospitals, said Deputy Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Added by Rabbi David on October 29, 2009 at 3:11pm — No Comments

David Okun Update

David gave us quite a scare yesterday, he was taken back to Brighams and Womens Emergency Room where I got to stay until 6:30 last night. He is back in Spaulding Rehab doing fine. They thought he had a seizure but ruled it out. Seems like he was on too much medicine which reduced his blood pressure to the point he blacked out. We corrected that, I made sure of that before leaving spaulding! What a rollercoaster ride!

Added by Rabbi David on October 28, 2009 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Sam Glaser in Concert

Sam Glaser In Concert, Sunday, November 8, 1:30pm (doors open 1:00), Temple Reyim, Newton, MA, 1860 Washington St., Easy access to Woodland T/Green Line D



“For the past couple of decades, Glaser has been Mr. Jewish Music. Most remarkable is that his spiritual ballads and solid rock beats have attracted multitudes of groupies equally split between Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities.”

David Suissa, Founder of Olam Magazine



Please join us for a wonderful… Continue

Added by Kathleein Corbeil on October 28, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Road Race a HUGE Success

Congratulations to everyone involved in this year's Canton Fall Classic Road Race! It was a huge success with the most number of runners in its history - over 600! What a beautiful day, what a great event! GO TBA!

Added by Rabbi David on October 25, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

David Okun Update

ear Family and Friends:



As we journey with David on his road to recovery is now in the Spaulding Rehab Hospital as of this past Friday. He is making great progress by leaps and bounds and he is very determined to come back to us. He is speaking more and more. He finally for the entire day wore his glasses yesterday which means his eyesight is coming back. When I was leaving last night he was purposefully moving both his legs which brought tears to my eyes.



The room he is… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 25, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Latest Update from Joannie

David was just accepted to Spaulding Rehab Hospital !



Just waiting on insurance acceptance.

He is being transferred today.

I am waiting for the phone call now.



This means not only will he improve greatly but he has been reduced from serious condition to STABLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I will let you know when he is transferred and when he will be willing to receive visitors which is excellent for his Rehab. They told me that we can even bring Snowflake… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 22, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

David Okun Update

From Joannie,

Dear Friends and Family:



David is now in the step down nuero unit at the Brighams and Womens Hospital. He is in serioius vs. critical condition and is stable and making huge progress everyday.



Thank you for your calls I am sorry that I have not returned them but as you can imagine, it is exhausting to go back and forth to the hospital and to make sure that Adam is okay and to assume the responsibilites of which there are way to many of David. David is a… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 22, 2009 at 9:44am — No Comments

Obama, the Nobel and my Gaza story

Obama, the Nobel and my Gaza story

By Dr. Izzeldeen Abuelaish



Many Americans, including the president of the United States, appear surprised by Barack Obama's selection for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Some might think that the award is undeserved as the president deliberates over strategy for wars on two fronts only nine months into his first term. It is not undeserved, nor should it be surprising.



A number of sitting and former presidents have been Nobel recipients… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 20, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

David Okun Update

This is from Joannie on Sunday evening around 9:00pm:



David will probably be written up in some medical journal. The doctors are buzzing around the ICU in amazement. They removed all of David's tubes today. They took his arterial line out that they put in just yesterday. They were going to put a PIC line and now they are not, he does not need it. They were going to take him down to surgery to put a PEG line (feeding tube in the stomach) and they canceled that. You would never know… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 18, 2009 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Bishop E.W. Jackson to speak at Ahavath Torah Congregation

STOUGHTON, MA (October 13, 2009) __ Ahavath Torah Congregation will host Bishop E.W. Jackson in conversation on Sunday, October 25 at 10 AM. Jackson’s topic will be “Race and Politics in the Post-racial Era.” Bishop Jackson is the founder of Faith Exodus Ministries Founder and President of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny). STAND is a national grassroots organization dedicated to upholding America’s Judeo-Christian values; celebrating the nobility of American history; uniting… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 18, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Welcome Rabbi Capers Funnye to Boston!

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is sponsoring “Path of the Spirit: An African-American Rabbi’s Spiritual Journey” on Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 pm at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill. Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, will share the remarkable story of his personal inner quest and journey into Judaism and the rabbinate. Although Funnye is Michelle Obama’s cousin, it is not his relationship to the Obamas,… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 15, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments

Against Meat

A long but wonderful article from the New York Times.



October 11, 2009

The Food Issue



Against Meat



By JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

THE FRUITS OF FAMILY TREES



When I was young, I would often spend the weekend at my grandmother’s house. On my way in, Friday night, she would lift me from the ground in one of her fire-smothering hugs. And on the way out, Sunday afternoon, I was again taken into the air. It wasn’t until years later that I realized… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 14, 2009 at 11:24pm — No Comments

R'fuah Sh'leima

David Okun suffered a stroke on Sunday and is recovering at Brigham and Women's Hospital. As you can imagine the situation is very scary and stressful for Joannie and Adam and they could use all of our prayers. It's difficult to know how long his recovery will be and what challenges lie ahead. If you have questions, please do not contact Joannie - instead you can contact Rabbi David.

Added by Rabbi David on October 13, 2009 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Grandparents Connect

Helping Jewish grandparents nurture the Jewish identity of their grandchildren in ways that are appropriate for interfaith families is the topic of a four-session program called Grandparents Connect. The program will meet on Mondays, October 26, November 2, 9 and 16 from 7-8:30pm at the Stoughton Youth Commission (294 Pleasant Street, Stoughton). The program is offered by the Jewish Family and Children's Service and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Cost is $40/individual or… Continue

Added by Rabbi David on October 12, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

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